Breastfeed as soon as possible after birth and for as long as possible.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least the first six months of your baby’s life and continuing to nurse after that while incorporating solid foods until your child is at least 12 months old.
When feeding your baby, keep in mind that the benefits of breastfeeding are profound. Breast milk promotes optimal brain and vision development, provides immune system components that compensate for babies’ deficiencies (particularly important before they receive vaccinations), reduces the risk of health problems including digestive disorders, respiratory infections, bacterial meningitis, diabetes, and SIDS, and protects against obesity later in life. Your infant will also experience subtle flavors of the fruits and vegetables you eat through your breast milk, making him more familiar with those tastes and more accepting of them when he begins eating solid foods. Get more breastfeeding advice.